CES Kickoff: 10 Enterprise, Consumer Crossover Products We Want to See

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-01-07 Print this article Print

5. Bigger smartphones

Smartphones are getting bigger. After watching the Samsung Galaxy S III succeed with a 4.8-inch screen and Apple launch a new iPhone last year with a larger display than its predecessors, it’s quite likely vendors will be launching handsets at the show that come with larger screens. As long as they’re also thin, light and fit in one hand, that should be a welcome addition to CES.

6. Don’t forget mobile software

At the same time, it would be nice to see Google make a splash at CES with some news on Android. The operating system will be running on a wide range of devices on the showroom floor, so it would be nice if the company or its partners announced some updates or other additions that we don’t know about at this time.

7. More storage gadgetry

In the corporate world, consumer-friendly storage products are actually more popular than one might think. In fact, products like those from Drobo and Seagate are popular with small businesses. So, perhaps CES will deliver some new storage gadgetry designed for both power home users and small businesses.

8. An eye on security

Regardless of whether it’s a smartphone or computer, products on display at the Consumer Electronics Show should deliver enhanced security. The future of the technology industry relies on the average user’s ability to stay secure on the Web, on mobile devices or on their desktop PCs. To eschew security in the name of design or power is unacceptable.

9. Consumer … with an enterprise twist

When it’s all said and done, folks will look back at CES as a decidedly consumer-focused event. However, it would be nice to see the enterprise have the opportunity to look back and realize that despite all the consumer-focused products, many of the solutions on display will appeal to their corporate needs. As noted, the technology industry is changing. And it would be nice to see CES reflect that.

10. A real direction for HP, Dell

HP and Dell will once again be very visible at CES. However, this year, the companies have something to prove. Both HP and Dell have watched their performance slip and market share dwindle. At CES, HP and Dell need to prove to the world that they have plans in place to recapture the attention of consumers and enterprise users along with a strategy to achieve meaningful growth. Without that, the companies will have yet another troubling year.

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